so next week is the LLLI big conference in DC. im not going but there was going to be this "in conjunction with" satelite workshop about gender issues and breast feeding. probably the most feminist workshop that whole week and i really wanted to go so i could use that information for the workshop i want to put together for next years NCOR. and it was by the WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) which deals with international (non-white) issues in breastfeeding. i signed up a week or so after the deadline hoping there was still a place left. apparently not even 12 women signed up for it so they cut it from 2 workshops after 5:30 to just one morning orientation. im pissed that im going to have to miss work - thank goodness for comptime, but also that of the (i assume) 100s of women going to this conference only a handful apparently care about gender and non-white, upper-middle class, heterosexual issues.
There was a nurse in at the View yesterday to protest anti-breastfeeding in public comments.
Rosie O'Donnell was on the show and said she made her partner stop breastfeeding because she was jealous and wanted to bond. Nice of you to sacrifice your baby's health because you are jealous. There are other ways to bond Rosie. Bathing, snuggling, reading, etc. My daughter is very attached to her father despite my (continued) nursing. And you *made* her stop? Are you kidding me? Since when are you your partner's boss?
Rosie also said the lactivists were just doing it because they were hormonal. I bloody well see red when people imply women are incapable of being rational because of their hormones. Maybe, just maybe, women can be political, impassioned, and angry enough to organize. Is it so threatening when women organize? I guess so..
I used to like Rosie, but her misogynistic comments are just so rage inducing.
*another gross display of moderator power*
heads up for anyone interested.
judith warner is going to be a politics and prose on friday talking about "perfect madness."
then on saturday im going to hear the author of "the truth behind the mommy wars."
if anyone would like me to pick up an autographed copy, please let me know.
Pro-choice and parenting. Again. I am so sick of seeing people with icon's of their children's pictures with the caption: "This is why I am pro-life." It makes me want to vomit. How is it applicable? You can be pro-choice and still have children. That is your choice. I want to make an icon with a picture of my daughter that says "this is why I am pro-choice." I never want her options limited. I never want her to die from an unsafe abortion. I never want her rights restricted.
There is a thread on a parenting board in which some people are saying we shouldn't let our toddler daughters wear bikinis/halter/strapless/spaghetti strap shirts because of pedophiles. I am sure pedophiles don't care what children are wearing, and taht is coming very close to victim blaming for my liking. It also gives a false sense of security. "Oh if I just dress my children this way, they will be okay."
I can't deal with the rampant stupidity.